IV of Spades

IV of Spades (stylized as IV OF SPADES, pronounced "four of spades"[5]) is a Filipino rock band from Metro Manila, Philippines, consisting of vocalist, bassist and keyboardist Zild Benitez, vocalist and lead guitarist Blaster Silonga, and drummer Badjao de Castro. Unique served as the band's lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist until 2018.[6] The band first gained exposure with the release of their 4th single "Mundo".[4][7] On August 21, 2020, the band entered a hiatus.[8]

IV OF SPADES
IV of Spades members (from left to right): Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro, Zild Benitez
IV of Spades members (from left to right): Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro, Zild Benitez
Background information
Also known asIVOS
OriginMetro Manila
Genres
Years active2014–2020 (hiatus)
LabelsWarner Music Philippines
Associated actsShanti Dope
Moira Dela Torre
Rico Blanco
Websiteivofspades.com
Members
Past membersUnique Salonga

Their musical style has been described as "pop funk"[9] and funk rock by the local press.[10][3][11][12][13] IV of Spades has been nominated for several musical awards, both in the Philippines and internationally.[14] The band is also known for their 1970s-inspired outfits.[15]

HistoryEdit

2014–2017: Early yearsEdit

In 2014, Allan Mitchell Silonga decided to form a band for his son Blaster, who would become the band's lead guitarist. The Silongas were able to recruit drummer Badjao de Castro and bassist Zild Benitez, who are the sons of Allan's friends. Unique Salonga, Benitez's churchmate who was already writing his own music, was later recruited to become the band's lead singer.[16][17]

Most of the band members are sons of musicians. Blaster's father, Allan Silonga, is a member of 90s band Kindred Garden and the singing group Daddy's Home which finished third in The X Factor Philippines.[18][19] While Zild's father, Franklin Benitez, was the drummer of Hungry Young Poets and Barbie's Cradle.[18][20] Badjao's father, Chuck de Castro, was a member of Makatha & Posivity Band and was also a session rhythm guitarist of the Rage Band. Blaster and Zild gained popularity when they became contestants for Eat Bulaga!'s hit contest, Music Hero. Zild was the first member of the Music Hero Squad and was the Bass Guitar grand champion, Blaster won the Electric Guitar grand champion and the title of Ultimate Music Hero.

IV of Spades signed to a record label and released their first single "Ilaw sa Daan" under Warner Music Philippines.[21]

The group's second single, “Hey Barbara” was released on July 9, 2017 and followed up by their third single “Where Have You Been My Disco?”, released on December 9, 2017 via YouTube.

2018: Mundo, Rise in popularity and Unique's departureEdit

In 2018, the band released their fourth single called "Mundo". A video of their live performance on the song, which was uploaded on Metro Manila-based radio station Wish 107.5's YouTube channel, became the group's highest viewed single on YouTube with 137 million views as of November 2020.[22]

IV of Spades won the New Artist of the Year and the MYX Bandarito Performance of the Year and Nominated as Group the Year at the annual MYX Music Awards.[23] The band also won the Dreams Come True with Air Asia, the airline's search for the most promising acts in the region. The band performed with David Foster as part of their prize. They also won the Favorite New Group award at the 30th annual Awit Awards.[24]

On May 5, 2018, the band announced on their official social media accounts that lead vocalist Unique Salonga had left in order to pursue "personal endeavors".[6]

On July 12, 2018, the song "In My Prison" was released simultaneously on Spotify and YouTube. It is the band's first single after Salonga's departure, with Benitez taking over full-time as lead vocalist.[25] They released their sixth single "Bata, Dahan-Dahan!" on September 14, 2018.

After they released their sixth single, they released another single "Sa Kahapon" and this time, with hip-hop artist and rapper Shanti Dope for Coke Studio Homecoming.

In October 2018, IV of Spades was nominated for the Best Southeast Asia Act category in the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards[26][27][28] but lost to Joe Flizzow of Malaysian hip-hop group Too Phat. Within the same month, they returned to Wish 107.5 and collaborated with Moira dela Torre with a new song entitled "Huli Na Ba Ang Lahat". The song was first unveiled during a digital concert held on October 8, 2018. The show, staged by Acer Philippines in partnership with Wish 107.5, was part of the annually-held Acer Day celebration.[29]

2019: ClapClapClap!Edit

The band released their debut studio album, ClapClapClap!, on January 18, 2019. The band also went on to collaborate a song with Rico Blanco called “Nagbabalik”.

2020–presentEdit

The band then released their single entitled "Ang Pinagmulan", on February 16, 2020. After 2 months, they released their latest single entitled "Sariling Multo (Sa Panaginip)", on April 17, 2020. The band then announced their hiatus on August 21, 2020.[30]

Musical style and influencesEdit

IV of Spades is heavily inspired by 1970s fashion, acts and sounds. Members of the band have cited various musical groups and artists as songwriting influences, including ABBA, Kings of Leon, Tame Impala, My Chemical Romance, Radiohead and Jet.[31] The band's genre is a mix of 1970s influenced disco, funk, alternative rock and Manila Sound.[citation needed].

Band membersEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio album

ToursEdit

Headlining

  • The Sweet Shadow Tour (2019)

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 13th MYX Music Awards New Artist of the Year IV of Spades Won
Myx Bandarito Performance of the Year IV of Spades Won
Group of the Year IV of Spades Nominated
2018 MTV European Music Awards Best Southeast Asia Act IV of Spades Nominated
31st Awit Awards [32] Music Video Of The Year "Where Have You Been, My Disco" Won
Record of the Year "Hey Barbara" Won
Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist Won
Favorite Performance by a Group Recording Artist Won
3rd Wish Music Awards [33] Wish Promising Artist of the Year IV of Spades Nominated
Wishclusive Urban Performance of the Year "Ilaw Sa Daan" Won
Wish Rock/Alternative Song of the Year "Hey Barbara" Won
2019 MOR Pinoy Music Awards[34] Band of the Year "Mundo" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
4th Wish Music Awards [35] Wishclusive Rock/Alternative Performance of the Year Won
Wishclusive Collaboration of the Year Moira Dela Torre and IV of Spades – "Huli Na Ba Ang Lahat" Nominated
Wish Rock/Alternative Song of the Year "In My Prison" Nominated
Wish Group of the Year IV of Spades Won
14th MYX Music Awards Artist of the Year IV of Spades Nominated
Group of the Year "IV of Spades" Nominated
Song of the Year "Mundo" Won
Music Video of the Year "In My Prison" Nominated
Rock Video of the Year "In My Prison" Won
32nd Awit Awards [36] Song of the Year "Mundo" Nominated
Record of the Year Nominated
Music Video of the Year "Take That Man" Nominated
2020 5th Wish Music Awards[37][38] Wishclusive Rock/Alternative Performance of the Year "Bawat Kaluluwa" Won
Wish Rock/Alternative Song of the Year "Nagbabalik" Won
Wish Group of the Year IV of Spades Nominated
15th MYX Music Awards Artist of the Year IV of Spades Nominated
Collaboration/Rock Video of the Year "Rico Blanco, IV of Spades - Nagbabalik" Nominated
Song of the Year "Come Inside Of My Heart" Nominated
Music Video of the Year Nominated
Rock Video of the Year Won
33rd Awit Awards[39] Album of the Year ClapClapClap! Won
Record of the Year "Bawat Kaluluwa" Won

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